South Melbourne Powerchair FC will travel to Sydney on January 15th for the fifth Australian Powerchair Football Club Championships. Ten other teams from around Australia and New Zealand will compete at the event. We wish the team the best of luck! Make sure you follow all of our social media channels for results and updates throughout the event. You can find all updates via the Powerchair Sports Victoria and South Melbourne Powerchair Team accounts.
After much discussion and debate the Competition Subcommittee has decided upon a new structure for the coming seasons to strengthen VEWSA as a more solid pathway for the future.
We are excited to announce the following:
From November 2019 until April 2020 we will have an active off-season to transition into the new format by August 2020, this will be called the VPPL 2019/20 Pre-Season. This means that over the next six months, matchdays will operate as normal but there will be no formal competition for points. This allows clubs to prepare for the club championships and for new players to learn the skills and rules of the sports before making their way into the Premier League next year.
The format will be:
12.30pm – 1.00pm: Skills development
1.10pm: Div 2 Powerchair Football
2.00pm: Div 1 Powerchair Football
3.00pm: Div 1 Powerchair Hockey
We have made the tough decision to remove Powerchair Rugby from the schedule and this is because of our renewed focus on Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey of which both have international pathways. Powerchair Rugby will remain in the Pride Cup and will be played in designated training sessions in preparations for NEWS 2020.
November 3rd, 10th, 24th
December 1st, 8th, 15th
February 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd
March 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
The 2019 VPPL culminated in a fantastic championship day on 6 October, where before a large and enthusiastic crowd, the Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey champions were decided!
Powerchair Football | After claiming the minor premiership a couple of weeks earlier, Melbourne City came into the championship as slight favourites. South Melbourne struck first with a goal early in the game to Jules North-Coombes. More chances were created in the second half for both teams as both were desperate for the next goal of the game. The dying stages saw South Melbourne defend intensely as Melbourne City kept applying the pressure. A late equaliser in the final two minutes from Luke David sent the game into extra time. An intense ten-minute period saw both teams find golden opportunities to take the lead but neither team could capitalise. It took until the final minute for the deadlock to be broken as Luke David pounced on an open ball and a loose defence to give his side a goal with 40 seconds to go. From there Melbourne City held on to claim a 2-1 win and the championship. A thrilling finale to what’s been a great season for Melbourne City and South Melbourne.
FT: Melbourne City (2) def. South Melbourne (1) (A.E.T)
Melbourne City South Melbourne
Luke David 1 Jules North-Coombes 1
Josh Rycken 1
Best & Fairest
Luke David from Melbourne City
Powerchair Hockey | The undefeated Ducks came into the game as overwhelming favourites as they looked to complete the perfect season. But the Hunters weren’t prepared to give up without a fight. A tight defence early from the Hunters made scoring difficult. A breakthrough eventually came through a Luke David goal. The Hunters maintained a strong defence and looked capable of from the counter attack. However, a late first-half penalty gave the Ducks a 2-0 lead at half-time. The play opened up in the second half, the Ducks scoring three quick goals in the first five minutes of the half, with goals to Josh Rycken and Ryan Deayton. A 5-0 deficit appeared to be too much for the Hunters who continued to try and find a way back into the contest. Two sealing goals from Ryan Deayton ensured the championship would be headed to the Ducks. It was a great display of Powerchair Hockey with the Ducks winning 7-2.
FT: Melbourne Ducks (7) def. Melbourne Hunters (2)
Melbourne Ducks Melbourne Hunters
Ryan Deayton 3 Chris Kessaris 2
Luke David 2
Josh Rycken 2
Best & Fairest
Luke David from Melbourne Ducks
The VPPL season comes to an end with the Championship Final on October 6
The Victorian Powerchair Premier League (VPPL) Championship Final is gearing up to be an epic match up in Powerchair Football and Powerchair Hockey.
Melbourne City FC Powerchair Team will take on South Melbourne FC Powerchair Team in Powerchair Football. Melbourne City go in as slight favourites after an impressive run but South Melbourne have shown they can match it throughout the season. Most matches have only been settled by a goal difference so the Championship is certainly up for grabs for both teams!
The Powerchair Hockey Championship sees the Melbourne Ducks as heavy favourites. As of now, the Melbourne Ducks are undefeated in 12 matches and are +46 in goal difference against the Melbourne Hunters. Can the Melbourne Hunters turn it around on the big day?
Date: October 6
Location: Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
12:00pm – Barbecue
1:15pm – Melbourne City v South Melbourne
2:10pm – Powerchair Football Championship Presentation
2:30pm – Melbourne Ducks v Melbourne Hunters
3:20pm – Powerchair Hockey Championship Presentation
It’s the best time to check out powerchair sports and meet Victoria’s best powerchair athletes. If you know of anyone that might be interested in either participating in powerchair sports or perhaps volunteering, please feel free to invite them along as this is the perfect opportunity to see the sports in action.
Please RSVP either by Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/events/304826090293511/), phone (0424 160 174) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) If you can’t attend, don’t worry, you can catch all the action with our livestream on our Facebook!
Our 2018 Winter Season comes to a close this Sunday, September 16th!
Aquahub, 11 Civic Square, Croydon
1:30pm | Powerchair Football | Melbourne City FC Powerchair Team vs. South Melbourne FC Powerchair Team
2:30pm | Powerchair Hockey | Penguins vs. Rangers
South Melbourne: Shaun Mott, Chris Kessaris, Jules North-Coombes, James North-Coombes, Craig Kilby, Michael Murdaca
Melbourne City: Luke David, Daniel Maugeri, Josh Rycken, Julia Svagnovic, Youki Innes, Dominic Renye, Gavin Thorneycroft
Rangers: Shaun Mott, Josh Rycken, James North-Coombes, Youki Innes, Dominic Renye, Chris Kessaris
Penguins: Luke David, Craig Kilby, Jules North-Coombes, Daniel Maugeri, Julia Svaganovic
After 11 rounds, South Melbourne claim the Premiership in Powerchair Football while the Rangers took the last two rounds to clinch the Powerchair Hockey on goal difference. How will the Championship finals play out?